Handheld cell use illegal when driving
There so much to do during the warm summer months!  Before you travel, take a look at these great tips that can help you stay safe while traveling.

Tips for Safe Summer Driving

summer driving

  • Inspect your vehicle:
    • Get regular maintenance on your vehicle such as tune-ups, oil changes, battery checks and tire rotations
     
    • Tires: check your tire pressure at least once a month--including your spare.  Check for irregular or excessive treat wear.
    • Belts/Hoses: check for blistered, cracked, but or damaged belts and hoses and check all connections.
    • Wiper Blades: check for wear and tear.
    • Fluid Levels: check oil, brake, transmission, power steering, coolant and windshield washer fluid.
    • Lights: check headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights.
  • Drive Safely:
    • Never drive distracted. Remember using a handheld mobile device while driving is illegal except in emergency situations.    
    • Never drive impaired and report drunk or dangerous drivers.
    • Don't drive fatigued (make sure to take frequent breaks).
     
  • Pack an emergency roadside kit.  Potential items include:
    • cell phone
    • maps
    • first aid kit
    • nonperishable food/water/medicine
    • work gloves
    • flashlight
    • flares 
    • jumper cables
    • car jack
    • repair tools 
     
  • Buckle up!  Every trip.  Every time.
    • Make sure to properly install all child safety seats and never leave children alone in a vehicle.
     
  • Share the road responsibly.  
    • Warmer weather attracts different types of roadway users, including motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
     
  • Drive safely through any road construction--use caution and be alert.
  • Check road conditions before driving by dialing 511.